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    Senior Member CommuteCommando's Avatar
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    A goal I have had since starting back at serious cycling a year and a half ago was to climb a particular hill. This hill is not the steepest, or the longest (435 ft in about 1 1/2 miles=~5%). It is one I did routinely back in high school, but have not climbed, except by car in over thirty-five years. My goal was to climb it by memorial day, and I did it. (could have done it sooner, but for logistics)

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    That it came midway (mile 23.5-mile 25) along my second fifty miler was icing on the cake. I hadn't planned on doing fifty. I pulled into a train station at mile 28.5 to catch the "cheater rail" home, but missed the first one I was "racing", and saw that the next wasn't to arrive for two hours, so I decided to race that one to my lunch stop at mile 48.7. I beat it by about 5 minutes.

    All in all, one of my better rides.
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    Senior Member Street Pedaler's Avatar
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    Awesome! I've never beaten a train before. lol

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    Congrats on reaching your goal. What is your next goal?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Black wallnut View Post
    Congrats on reaching your goal. What is your next goal?
    Surviving the Metric I signed up for in September.

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    Nice to achieve those milestones, congrats!
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    Good job! I've set myself a challenge...to practice riding hills. To actually actually practice on a regular basis to ride up hills. Since I live on top of a hill, it's fairly easy to find one! I find I do OK on a 4% and under grade, but today I tried a 9.5% grade & had to get off the bike & push. It's OK. I'm happy that I'm able to do the 4% grade fairly easily. The steeper grades will come. Congrats on your milestone!

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    Congrats. Not all milestones have to be Mt Everest to be relevant and meaningful. Most of mine certainly haven't been.
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    I was going up one of the steep hills around the lake on this morning's ride (It's known as "Nice Hill" because someone spray painted "Nice Hill" with a smiley face a few yards from the top). I passed a kid and grandma who had just gotten off to walk their bikes up the hill. The kid called out "He makes it look easy!!". That felt good, since I've struggled to get to this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikinPotter View Post
    Since I live on top of a hill, it's fairly easy to find one! I
    I live on top of a hill that has one approach at about 9% for 1000ft. Another mini goal is to ride it all the way without getting off to push. Something that will get easier at the weight comes off.
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    Senior Member CommuteCommando's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yo Spiff View Post
    I was going up one of the steep hills around the lake on this morning's ride (It's known as "Nice Hill" because someone spray painted "Nice Hill" with a smiley face a few yards from the top). I passed a kid and grandma who had just gotten off to walk their bikes up the hill. The kid called out "He makes it look easy!!". That felt good, since I've struggled to get to this point.
    Congratulations on finding a hill in Texas.
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    Awesome, sounds like a great goal!

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    Very nice accomplishment. Climbing will only get easier as you keep challenging yourself further. The metric looks tough, but you'll be ready.
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    AWESOME Keep setting and Reaching your goals.. definitely makes you feel good!
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